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Species and Sprawl: Humans

Sprawl is affecting Homo sapiens as it does many other species: it alters our habitat, hampers our mobility, and diminishes odds for survival.

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How the Jelly Got Its Glow

To truly understand the deep sea, scientists need to turn off the lights on their submersible vehicles. Then they can see the ghostly blue flickers of bioluminescence produced by virtually every organism of the deep.

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Species and Sprawl: Wood Turtles

See how scientists are using radio telemetry to gain a clearer picture of how much and what kind of space wood turtles need to survive.

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Welcome to the Subfamily

Meet "Big Red," a new species of jellyfish that is bulbous, dusky red, and huge, nearly one meter (about three feet) in diameter, with several fleshy arms instead of tentacles, like a balloon with greedy fingers.

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Observing Jellies

Long ago, people studied jellies by peering over the side of a boat and drawing the creatures as they bobbed nearby. See how much has changed since the 1800s.

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Species and Sprawl: Yellow Starthistle

Seeds can't move by themselves, so they rely on moving things to give them a lift. Discover how cars are taking homespun seed dispersal mechanisms to a new level.

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Species and Sprawl: Mountain Lions

What's the animal-friendly antidote to California's urbanization? Some believe the solution is to make the corridors between disparate patches of wild lands truly useable by many different species.

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Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Now

The ring-tailed lemurs that romp around the research camp at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in southwest Madagascar spend plenty of time behaving badly. The same isn't true for their counterparts in the wild.

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Article: Lemurs in Madagascar—Then

The lemurs of Madagascar, the most diverse group of primates in the world, had even more members in their ranks before humans first arrived on the island two millennia ago — 16 of the perhaps 70 species aren’t around anymore.

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The Uncommon Aye-Aye: An Interview with Eleanor Sterling

The dozens of diverse lemur species on Madagascar are a motley crew. Still, none look and act quite like the aye-aye. Take a closer look at this lemur, which is considered one of the world's strangest animals altogether.

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